M.A. in Higher Education Leadership
Why do you want to work in the field of higher education?
I enjoy the energy and the atmosphere of working with students and staff on a college campus. Feeling like I make a positive difference in the lives of people who are at a critical time period in their lives is extremely gratifying to me both professionally and personally.
Why did you choose SOLES?
I visited the campus and was immediately struck by the beauty. In an appointment with an admissions counselor, it was suggested that I sit in on a Leadership class. During the experience of sitting in on a class, I knew that this program was a great match for my personal and professional aspirations.
Do you have a graduate assistantship?
I am a Graduate Assistant in the Center for Health and Wellness Promotion here at USD. In my position I work as an advisor, an administrative assistant, and I plan and market campaigns and events that focus on college health and wellness issues.
Tell us about any research or independent study you have done at SOLES.
My current Action Research project focuses on improving my own efficacy as a peer health education advisor while improving the efficacy of the peer health educators that I work with. It is a great opportunity to study, reflect upon, and improve my practice as a peer health education advisor, while contributing to the overall health and wellness of the campus as a whole.
Are there specific SOLES faculty members you feel have contributed significantly to your success?
Dr. Cheryl Getz has provided me with a great amount of guidance and support, while also providing insight on how to become successful in my career as a Student Affairs professional.
Which class has impacted you the most?
Leadership 551 - Human Relations for Leaders. This course is a 3-day, experiential conference that studies group dynamics and concepts of authority, from a systemic viewpoint. This class helped me to understand what roles I take up in different settings reactions to authority can inhibit or advance productivity in relation to an organization’s task. Stepping back and looking at organizations from a systemic viewpoint clarified the importance of each person’s contribution to the organization and also emphasized the symbiotic relationship between individuals and groups.
What are your plans for after graduation?
To continue to work as a higher education professional in a college or university setting in San Diego County.
Is there anything else you would like to share with prospective students?
The classes contain a great blend of experiential, theory-based, and group activities and lessons that provide a varied but comprehensive approach to learning and leading.
This is an archived student profile, which was written by Keil in the 2012-2013 academic year. Keil, who was a SOLES Student Ambassador, graduated from the program in 2013. Congratulations, Keil!